Behind The News - 5 June 2012

THE internet continues to play an increasingly central role in primary health care, with a new software program giving GPs the ability to check a patient’s entire prescription history with the click of a mouse.

The anti-doctor-shopper program, DORA, was successfully trialled in Tasmania in a handful of practices and is set to be rolled out nationally under a federal government licensing deal from next month.

The Commonwealth is contributing $5 million while state governments, which will oversee the software integration and determine how the